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Abu Dhabi bans bagged cement without quality certification

The certifications will be issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has recently issued a circular banning outlets trading building materials in Abu Dhabi from selling bagged cement with no federal or local quality certifications. These certifications must be issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC).

According to a statement from ADDED, course of action will be implemented in coordination with its strategic partners. It also aims to ensure that locally produced building materials meet the existing quality standards in line with the department’s efforts to protect consumer rights and combat commercial fraud.

The ban will take effect starting from the circular’s date of issuance (October 20), with building materials outlets being granted six months to abide by the new requirement, ADDED stated. Furthermore, as per the circular, ADDED will inspect the concerned establishments to ensure their full compliance.

State-government’s department additionally warned that non-compliance will result in fines, legal accountability and administrative sanctions based on its rules and regulations.

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